Back in my day, the above picture was considered an appropriate form of pre-gaming. Ya know, that process where you psych up for the upcoming event…whatever that was. You could pre-game a sports game; you could pre-game a party; hell, there’s no rules about pre-gaming weddings. Pre-gaming is fun and gets you in the mood for whatever is to follow.
Growing up in sports, it was very common to see folks pre-game a competition. You’d see wrestlers jumping around; swimmers flailing their arms; throwers slowly going through motions with closed eyes. The pre-game is an important part of training and competition. In most cases, I’m a silent pre-gamer. I want to be as calm and dialed in as possible prior to whatever I’m doing. There have been exceptions, but I’m better calm. The only case I’ve seen where the pre-game of lifting was so completely off the rails was down in Texas when I first got there. Until now.
Bigg and I were watching some videos the other day different folks’ lifting and got some pretty big chuckles out of the pregaming going on. One deadlift attempt looked so much like Benedikt Magnusson pregame routine that we had to look at the plates again to see what the lift was. Now, I will not ever disrespect someone’s PR but JHMFCOAHB, if you’re going to replicate Bennie you better make sure there’s over 900# on that bar. SRSLY.
The more these goofballs watch the internet, the more pregame we’re likely to see duplicating the bigg dogs of sport. That’s fine. More entertainment for us.
In the meantime, here’s the pregame of the World’s Strongest Man Zydrunas Savickas prior to a 950+ pull…
…pretty focused I’d say. Not a lot of yelling and pacing. But hey, you silly boys screaming your heads off prior to benching 225# for a double, go for it.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.